Saturday, 30 November 2013

Richard Burbidge Wins EEF Future Manufacturing Award


Richard Burbidge, the stair parts specialist, has won the Investing in Skills category at the North West Engineering Employers Federation (EEF) Future Manufacturing Awards in a ceremony held at Salford City Stadium.

The company will now go on to compete in the national finals, which will be held in London in January 2014.

Richard Burbidge’s implementation of the Lean Manufacturing philosophy was outlined as a key contributor to its success, with the stair parts, decking and mouldings manufacturer demonstrating its ability to improve efficiency and provide a better service to its customers by engaging staff at all levels to adopt new ways of working.

Since implementing the Lean Manufacturing philosophy the business has successfully trained 105 managers, purchasing staff, production planners, general operators and engineers in the philosophy’s techniques, showing its commitment to cementing efficient practices within the organisation.

Paul Haggerty, Group Operations Director for Richard Burbidge said: 
“We are delighted to win the regional EEF Future Manufacturing Award. As a family-run business spanning many generations, we are particularly pleased to be recognised in the Investing in Skills category.

“From experience, we know firsthand how important it is to equip our staff with the best possible knowledge and resources so they in turn can provide the highest standard of service to our customers. Thanks must go to our employees, who have shown such commitment to improving efficiency within the business.”

Richard Burbidge was also a runner up in the Health and Safety Award for the complete renewal of its Health and Safety policy, which included the training of staff at all levels from directors through to operators.

Paul Haggerty continues: 
“Health and Safety is intrinsic to our daily operation, so we are again delighted to be recognised for our efforts.”

For more information on Richard Burbidge please visit www.stairproject.co.uk.
 



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Friday, 29 November 2013

Are there enough homes for the ageing population?

A recent project by Demos*, ‘Top of the Ladder’, has indicated that there is a shortage of housing for the older generation with 3.5 million people aged over 60 wishing to buy retirement property, but only 100,000 suitable homes exist. 

According to Demos one option to help address the housing shortage is to increase the availability of appropriate housing for the people at the top of the ladder - only 2 per cent of the current UK housing stock is dedicated retirement housing.


Andrew Royle, UK Commercial Director at P C Henderson comments on key considerations to help answer demand, whether new build or for refurbishment projects; 

“The design and functionality of a home is an important consideration to provide elderly occupiers with a comfortable place to live in. Choosing the right fixtures and fittings, such as sliding door systems, can help houses meet the needs of the ageing population and help answer increasing demand.”

Versatile and silent in use, the Husky 50kg and 100kg sliding door systems are ideal for use as room dividers as well as for wardrobe doors, freeing up valuable space in a room. It also allows for a maximum door width of 1250mm, allowing ease of access for wheelchair users and those who require assistance moving around the home. This low maintenance, high quality solution is available as standard with nylon rollers. This system also offers options to upgrade to a soft stop, low headroom, simultaneous action function or a roller guiding system which offers a smoother operation.

Another popular alternative is Evolve, an innovative range of products that offer a convenient and highly sophisticated automated system. Evolve 60 Pocket Door is ideally suited to applications where space is at a premium, such as toilets and bathrooms. It is simple to fit and program with a high level of safety, due to its decoupling action which allows manual operation. While the Evolve 80 SIM kit can be used with two doors with a combined weight of up to 80kg. This system has a range of both wired and wireless sensors, with obstacle detection and safe low voltage.


*Source: The Top of the Ladder project by Demos is supported by the Home Builders Federation. Demos is Britain’s leading cross-party think-tank. They produce original research, publish innovative thinkers and host thought-provoking events. They have spent 20 years at the centre of the policy debate, with an overarching mission to bring politics closer to people. http://www.demos.co.uk/projects/topoftheladder


 



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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Assa Abloy Security Solutions Announces Plans for BIM

 
ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions has announced plans to deliver Building Information Modeling (BIM) for specifiers through the launch of doorset and hardware objects.

Designed to meet with increasing pressure for specifiers and contractors to work with BIM building practices, ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions is initially launching nine BIM doorset objects, with plans to develop a further 20 hardware set objects in 2014 to service this important development.

Essentially, BIM is a way of working underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models, with structured data attached. By bringing together the different disciplines involved in a building’s development and facilitating the use of a shared model, it is hoped that the building process will become rationalised and streamlined.

Currently there are many different disciplines and professionals involved in a building’s design and construction, all of which take 2 or 3D models of the build in a variety of formats, from which they create their own drawings on the parts relevant to them. Whilst this may work in the first instance, it creates unnecessary administration when changes need to be made, as multiple documents across multiple companies will need to be updated and shared. 
 
BIM creates a central model, which each discipline has access to and can export the element of the model relevant to them, importing it back into the central model when updates have been made. This is crucial for specifiers of security products when working with architectural ironmongery manufacturers whose products may only form a small part of the building and are often considered at a later stage of the build. However, any change in dimension or material to these types of products could have a significant impact on other structural elements of the build.

To aid this process, the initial nine doorset objects introduced by ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions will be parametric, increasing the ease of interchangeability and flexibility for the specifier, who can more easily define the design intent of the object and make amends to the model which preserve this.

Andy Stolworthy, Product Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: 
 
“ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions has always taken the initiative to support our specifiers, whether it be through product certification or the development of sector solutions. The increasingly important role that BIM is playing in the industry meant it was critical for us to develop doorset objects that could support this process, which is designed to improve efficiencies in the construction industry.

“We very much see BIM objects as part of an overall toolkit that ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions can provide for specifiers, to help streamline the specification process and more importantly create efficiencies in the built environment.

“By 2016 all government funded projects will be required to use BIM and some industry experts are predicting that time savings of 50% can be achieved using this practice. BIM also has other benefits, such as the reduction in waste thanks to the exact take off quantities, which prevent over-ordering, first time fit and whole life asset management, made possible by the information attached to the BIM objects that aid commissioning, operation and maintenance activities.

“The multiple advantages attached to BIM, make it clear that this is a viable solution for the future and not just a scheme introduced to help achieve over-confident construction targets. It is therefore crucial that we are best placed for supporting our specifiers with BIM objects for doorsets.”

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions’ BIM objects will initially be launched on REVIT software with later versions to follow.

For further information please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/securitysolutions



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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

New Revolutionary Online Tool Launches to Help Contractors Work Safer and Win More Work



A revolutionary new online tool has launched with a promise to slash the cost of producing risk assessments and method statements by as much as 90% and relieve the headache of compliance. HANDS HQ makes health and safety documentation easy and is suitable for the millions of contractors and peripheral industry businesses that are required by law to complete risk assessments and method statements as part of their daily routine.

The cloud-based tool takes the pain and expense out of managing health and safety for UK construction and trade businesses. It’s the fastest and simplest process available on the market and developed specifically to be used on site, on the commute and between jobs. It can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile device, helping to keep employees safe and jobs on time.

With an ever growing library of trade specific activities and risks to select from, HANDS HQ is utterly unique and allows construction businesses to compile professional, site-specific, branded risk assessments and method statements in less than three minutes. The software caters for a range of professions from construction, electrical and plumbing to HVAC, gas works, joinery, and painting and decorating.

The company was founded by an expert team of project managers and software developers. Co-founder Alexander Green said, “I have witnessed first hand the difficulties many construction and trade companies had with compiling site-specific risk assessments and method statements. Often this is due to time, cost and the lack of necessary skills needed to produce what can be fairly complex documents. While many contractors undertake training to gain access to major construction sites, they can often be turned away from site because of incorrect documentation and administration.

“We wanted to create a simple, affordable way for all stakeholders on a job to compile, edit and share their documentation. More paper work wasn’t the answer - a smarter, and more flexible system would be needed. HANDS HQ is a seamless, intuitive, effective and efficient way to solve this problem, leaving Britain’s contractors free to get on with the job at hand.”

While most contractors appreciate the need for legislation and safe work, actually producing a set of comprehensive documents is a job often best left to the experts. At a time when margins are already tight, many businesses are unable to justify the added expense of recruiting a health and safety consultant. What’s more, in almost all circumstances the contractor on the ground has a much better understanding of the inherent risks involved in their job than anyone else.

The resulting HANDS HQ system is both simple and robust.The online tool caters to an ever growing library of trade specific activities with the user able to select the type of work and add hazards with the click of a button. Developed to take the user from start to finish in under three minutes, the system empowers construction businesses to compile professional, site-specific, branded risk assessments and method statements in less time than it takes to enjoy a coffee break.

To find out more and to purchase HANDS HQ visit www.handshq.com or call 0207 206 2656.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

More reliable fire safety advice on its way for landlords and business owners


New initiatives to improve the clarity and consistency of enforcement of fire safety regulations in England and Wales have been welcomed by the two leading authorities on fire door safety, the BWF-CERTIFIRE Fire Door and Doorset Scheme and the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS).

The Government has announced that it will legislate to extend Primary Authority to fire safety from next April. This will allow multi-site landlords and commercial property owners to form a statutory partnership with a single local authority to get reliable advice on the implementation of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, known as the RRO.

The ‘primary authority’ is a specific local authority that serves as a business’ first point of call for advice on regulatory issues. Any other local authority must consult with the primary authority before taking enforcement action - promoting consistency and proportionality in the way these businesses are regulated and providing confidence for the business in the information it receives.

John Fletcher, manager of the BWF-CERTIFIRE Scheme, says:
“We are acutely aware of how complex all of these issues can be for our customers. We focus on trying to simplify fire door matters, but this is just one element. Fundamentally the RRO is good legislation, but it cascades responsibility to the person that can’t be the expert in all of these things – they need help. Common sense and simplicity brought to support the Responsible Person in making the right decision for their business and those people using their buildings through Primary Authority arrangements is a real step in the right direction and should be applauded.”

To help businesses and fire authorities to benefit from the scheme, the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) will be providing a training programme for fire risk assessment staff next year.

Neil Ashdown, manager of FDIS, says:
“We know that there is an urgent need to raise awareness and understanding of the critical role of fire doors among those designated as the Responsible Person under the RRO. Studying for the FDIS Diploma is already transforming the knowledge of more than 370 people right now, and I hope that CFOA and other organisations will help us extend the reach of that knowledge and qualification even further over coming months.”

FDIS and BWF-CERTIFIRE will be backing CFOA’s Business Support Week next year, and both organisations have also confirmed that their highly successful Fire Door Safety Week will run again from 15 September 2014. This year’s campaign reached more than 6.5 million people.

In the meantime the British Woodworking Federation is creating a Fire Door Installer Register, designed to bring greater recognition to professional fire door installers and to help building owners who need their services find qualified and certified people they can trust.

www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/installer-register

 

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Monday, 25 November 2013

IronmongeryDirect Gets Winter Wise As It Unveils Latest Catalogue


IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has launched its latest winter catalogue. Designed to help tradesmen confidently choose the best product for any job, the new issue showcases all the latest products available in the massive range.

The brand new 900 page catalogue contains over 14,500 top quality products, ranging from door furniture and accessories, locks, latches and security to screws and fixings, and includes top brands such as Briton, Yale and Union.

The handy guide includes key compliance information, plus further information such as technical drawings, which can be downloaded in full from the website. It’s also packed with high quality, colour images to support tradesmen in choosing the perfect product for the job.

Boasting some of the lowest prices in the trade, IronmongeryDirect has also locked down prices on thousands of its products to ensure customers continue get the best deal and save money. Major deals include a Briton Satin Chrome Codelock available at only £19.80 and a Twin Ball Race Fire Door Hinge from only £1.95 a pair. Bulk buy discounts are also available and all products are quality guaranteed for a minimum of five years, giving tradesmen complete confidence in performance and durability.

Orders can be quickly and easily placed via the website, mobile app or by calling the customer contact centre, which is open 7 days a week from 8am to 8pm. Tradesman can order up to 8pm for next working day delivery, which is free for all orders over £45. The complete range is covered by a free returns policy meaning any unsuitable items can be returned hassle-free.

Tradesmen on the go can take advantage of the IronmongeryDirect app where they can browse the entire product range, search for a specific item, shop securely and even track orders. The free app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said: 
“The new catalogue makes it even easier for tradesman to buy top quality, affordably products for any project, and it’s even compact enough to fit in a toolbox so professionals can take it with them to a job. The handy brochure brings together all the latest information on the entire IronmongeryDirect product range, arming professionals with the knowledge they need to get the very best out of the range.”

To request a copy of the latest catalogue, call 0808 168 28 28 or visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk




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Sunday, 24 November 2013

One of the oldest surviving Mercedes-Benz in the world to be sold by Coys

  
One of the oldest Mercedes-Benz in the world, a 1905 Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton, is to be auctioned by Coys at their True Greats sale on December 3rd.

This is the first time the car will have been sold by auction in its almost 110 year history.

This Mercedes is one of the oldest surviving examples of the marquee in the world today that is still complete and roadworthy, and was for many years in the famous Mercedes-Benz collection of Mr. Arturo Keller in Napa, California, in the United States.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of Coys, said: 
“It is amazing to have a car that is nearly 110 years old that is so big, magnificent and powerful. It has the most imposing presence and is such an important piece of early motoring history. Many cars of this period were glorified motorised tricycles, but this represents the ultimate in Edwardian super-technology. It is fascinating to have one of the oldest surviving Mercedes in the world.”
Also going under the hammer is a 1951 Cooper 500 MK V once owned by Ken Wharton, who was the only driver to have won four successive British Hill Climb Championship titles in 1951, 1952, 1953 and 1954.

The car has its original aluminium panels, seat, fuel tanks, steering wheel, period chronometric tachometer and even the diamond pattern Dunlop R1 racing tyres are supplied, all showing a wonderful patina. The period correct 'garden gate' Norton competition gearbox and JAP engine have reputedly had little use since an extensive rebuild.

Supplied with the car are several parts as well as a comprehensive history file containing RAC Competition Log book, VSCC Eligibility document, 2001 Goodwood scrutineer pass, various photographs, magazine articles and correspondence. This Cooper 500 MK V is estimated at £35,000 to £50,000.

Chris Routledge said: 
“The car truly is in wonderful original condition, which is very rarely seen nowadays. It boasts a fantastic period competition history at the hands of one of Britain's best post war drivers and is eligible for a whole host of historic events including the Goodwood Revival. This car could be the perfect Christmas treat and would make a unique addition to any collection.”
The sale will also feature the 71st Jaguar E-Type to roll off the production line in 1961, estimated at £90,000 to £110,000; a 1929 Bentley Supercharged 4 ½ Litre estimated at £580,000 to £700,000; and the rare and only Victor High Wheel Electric Runabout ever built, estimated at £38,000 to £55,000.

Coys’ True Greats auction will be held at the Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE on Tuesday 3rd December at 1pm.

For full details of these cars and other important entries, please see www.coys.co.uk.
 


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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Oakwrights Bath scoops all the top accolades at the BWF Awards


The UK joinery industry’s highest awards were announced at the annual dinner of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) in London on Friday 15th November.

Oakwrights Bath Ltd of Corsham, Wiltshire scooped both awards for technical excellence and innovation in joinery manufacture, and for the apprentice/trainee of the year – the first time that one company has won both awards together. The achievement was particularly notable given that this year the BWF received a record number of award entries in both categories.

The BWF’s 2013 award for technical excellence and innovation in joinery manufacture was given to Oakwrights for its transformation of a building in central London into a spiritual centre for the Self-Realization Fellowship.

The main technical challenge came from turning the vision of the Fellowship, the architect, Ray Hole Architects, and the client, Healthcare Development Services Ltd, into reality through two project phases over the course of 18 months. The vision was to undertake a refurbishment that would preserve the heritage of the building while enhancing the whole building decoratively. This involved transforming windows, doors and other internal features, and ensuring the modern 1970s extension linked to and echoed the original Victorian part of the building.

Very high levels of technical ability were needed on every part of the project and the manufacture of the joinery was achieved within a short period to allow other trades to complete their work in time for the opening ceremony. It was all managed despite problems of limited space and poor physical access on site.

Peter Love, director of Oakwrights Bath Ltd, collected the award trophy from Justin Hayward of Timbmet which sponsored this year’s award.

Peter Love said:
“We enjoyed this project because it allowed us to use every skillset we have. The BWF award is a great honour and testament to the whole team at Oakwrights for the way they rose to the challenge of our biggest single project to date. We worked under huge time pressure and it needed the combined skills of everyone to mix the modern and traditional practices required by this job. It was full of very fine working, all bespoke shaped work, ogee arch details and curves on curves!  We have learned a great deal throughout the project, including how to quickly interpret what the client wants and how best to liaise very closely with all parties, tying in with other trades.”

Iain McIlwee, chief executive of the BWF, commented: 
“This prestigious project used modern methods, products and materials to achieve a traditional-looking result, very fine workmanship and excellent standard of finish.  The judges were very impressed with the joinery quality, innovation and fantastic project management skills shown by Oakwrights.”

The BWF technical award was established four years ago as a tribute to John Hedgecock, its former technical manager and one of the leading authorities on woodworking and joinery manufacture who died in 2009.  The award is given to individuals, companies, projects or products which demonstrate exceptional technical excellence, achievement or innovation in joinery manufacture.

Two other companies were also shortlisted for the BWF technical award: Houghtons of York for its beautiful hand carving of the Diana, Princess of Wales coat of arms at the Worshipful Company of Merchant Taylors, and J3 Projects Ltd for a stunning railway station waiting room and platform shelter at Northern Rail’s Oxford Road station in Manchester.

The second BWF award of the night, for the apprentice/trainee of the year, went to Luke Parry, a 26-year old estimator at Oakwrights Bath Ltd.

After leaving school, Luke started two courses at Aston University, but found the academic route was not for him.  He went on to complete a Level 3 bench joinery apprenticeship, but was not sure what he wanted to do next.  His college tutor recommended him for an estimating post at Oakwrights Bath Ltd, and Luke applied for the job. This role would give him the intellectual challenge and opportunity to learn that he relishes.

Now in his seventh year of study since starting as an apprentice, Luke is currently working towards an HNC in construction at Swindon College, sponsored by his employer.

Luke worked on the Self-Realization Fellowship project, and loved the demands it involved. Having moved from the workshop into the office at Oakwrights, he is now focusing on the pricing and financial management aspects of the business.

Luke collected the award trophy from John Carter of CITB, which sponsored this year’s award.

Luke says:
“Many young people do not realise that fantastic careers can be built in joinery, and in construction generally. There are so many more avenues to pursue than there appear to be at first glance. With the experience I’m gaining I feel that the future is really open to me, and I have many options and certainly equal opportunities compared to my friends who did go on to get degrees. Do what you really enjoy and there is always a rewarding career at the end of it.”

Peter Love, Luke’s boss, explained that it was obvious from the beginning that Luke had a strong future in the joinery industry. He urges the industry to recruit more people like Luke, saying:
“I do believe that in the past the joinery industry has focussed on the hands’ on skills and crafts required for manufacture. In order to run a successful modern company we also need to move with the times and train up office and management staff who can drive the business forward.”
“Times have changed.  Of course we need the good craftsmen and women who manufacture the quality product that we pride our business on, but we also need ambitious and educated recruits who can build sophisticated relationships with clients and architects. They can learn professional and management skills at an earlier stage in their careers and I believe this will transform the industry of the future.”

The other shortlisted candidates were Michaella Mason, an outstanding female apprentice with “motivation and a strong work ethic”  at Boyland Joinery Ltd, and management trainee Darius Krzywiecki at West Port Timber Windows and Doors who has already achieved the apprentice of the year prize at his college and finished as runner-up in the hotly contested Skill Build competition.

The other sponsors of the BWF’s annual dinner were Euro Joinery & Doors, Accoya and Cheshire Mouldings.

www.bwf.org.uk/choose-wood/awards



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Friday, 22 November 2013

LIG Launches New Corporate Video


Providing an overview of its specialist products and services, Laidlaw Interiors Group (LIG) has launched its new corporate video, delivering an insight into its expertise and the capability of its divisions.

Showcasing ironmongery, access control and handrail & balustrading solutions from Laidlaw alongside partitioning systems from Komfort as well as internal and external doors from Leaderflush Shapland, Fitzpatrick and Longden Doors, the corporate video allows viewers to gain a greater understanding of the group’s capabilities, combining the expertise of each division to provide a complementary service.

John Jefferies, Chief Executive of LIG commented: 
“Operating across such a wide variety of different sectors, the new corporate video provides a complete overview of our products and services and how they can be tailored to the individual needs of the project in question. Hosted on our website, with direct links to all LIG divisions covered, the video explains how we operate whilst also showing how each division works with one another, as part of an all encompassing group.”

For more information on LIG and to view the video visit www.laidlawinteriorsgroup.com

 



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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Onsite insight at your fingertips

Biometric technology and cloud computing offer greater insight into onsite health and safety practices and help ensure compliance, says Ollie McGovern of Simeio

Despite a decrease in the number of building site injuries over the last decade, construction remains one of the UK’s most dangerous sectors to work in. 
 
According to the most recent survey conducted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were an estimated 74,000 incidents of work related ill health between 2011 and 2012.

Tight regulations are in place, but it is up to site managers to enforce them. From a contractor’s or a subcontractor’s point of view, ensuring workers’ safety is the top priority, however, gaining visibility on who is complying with regulations is difficult.

Providing high-visibility jackets and hardhats and installing fully-trained health and safety professionals onsite is only the first step in ensuring your site adheres to regulations. Provided equipment can go ignored and having someone onsite to monitor workers is the equivalent of sending a single referee to oversee multiple games where there are dozens of players on several different teams. What is needed is highly accurate data on who has the right equipment and qualifications for the job they are doing onsite.

Up until recently, achieving this degree of visibility was impossible, but the advent of cloud computing and advances in biometrics have resulted in platforms that can track workers’ health and safety information across multiple sites and deliver the data to remote devices anywhere on the planet in real-time. These technologies could potentially revolutionise health and safety compliance on construction sites.
 
 
The compliance landscape

It is difficult to track the number of injuries that occur due to health and safety non-compliance onsite as no one wants to admit they have been ignoring rules and regulations. However, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to suggest non-compliance is commonplace and there is no shortage of horror stories about injuries occurring due to missing hardhats and incorrect footwear.

Similarly, it is difficult to calculate the financial implications of health and safety non-compliance, although research suggests it can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. A 2010 study by Dr John Bernard Taylor concluded that non-compliance with health and safety standards can potentially reduce a construction company’s annual profits by 30 per cent. Another study, conducted by Elias Okede Ikpe, discovered that the benefits of accident prevention far outweighed the costs of accident prevention by a ratio approximately 3:1.
 
Despite these statistics, many companies continue to ignore health and safety rules and regulations for a number of reasons. Research by the HSE identified a lack of awareness of legislative requirements, inadequate knowledge on how to comply with safety obligations, and poor management structures as key issues.

The common link here is miscommunication. Large construction companies usually have the best intentions and stress that all legislation must be obeyed, they outline their own training requirements and issue all of the relevant protective equipment for their workers. Unfortunately, by the time these orders get to site level they are often not enforced and therefore become easy to ignore. Critically, data on non-compliance is not fed back up the management chain. However, this trend is set to change as new technologies give those overseeing construction projects virtual eyes and ears onsite.

Complementary technologies

The principal technologies that have made this possible are biometrics and cloud computing. Biometric hardware and software make gathering data quick, simple and cost-effective. Cloud technology enables users to store data securely and access it from anywhere and on any device. When both technologies are employed in tandem users can build a clear picture of compliance on any number of sites, from a central location.
 
One of the most basic, but frequently ignored rules of a construction site is that workers must wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE). Now, biometrics can be implemented to get around this problem. Once a biometric verification device (such as a finger print scanner) is installed onsite it can be programmed to request specific information from workers at certain times of the day. One option is to request confirmation that they have the correct equipment for the job they are undertaking. This has two effects: firstly, the worker is made aware of what they need for the job and must act accordingly, and secondly, once they have inputted the data it is then stored in the cloud and can be consulted if a dispute over correct equipment arises. Strategically placing the scanners at points of entry and exit make them hard to ignore and catch workers when they arrive or leave a site. The technology can also be installed on mobile handsets meaning the data can be collected by site managers going from worker to worker.
 
 
 
Alternatively, a device can also ask workers to confirm they understand the rules and regulations of certain sites. If they are found to be breaking the rules, this data can prove they entered the site under false pretences.

Using the same principal, biometric scanners can be used to complement The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). The CSCS has been very successful in helping those employed on building sites prove they’re fully qualified. By asking for CSCS data upon initial registration, software can track expiry dates of these cards and notify users when they are about to become outdated.

If you want peace, plan for war

In a workplace where danger is constant, legal action is never far away. Current UK laws state that a worker can file for compensation up to three years after an accident takes place. In this time paper-based records can be destroyed, change hands or go missing. Storing data in the cloud offers a practical alternative. Not only is the data secure, but it can be accessed at a moment’s notice.
 
The rapid rate that health and safety standards change can make it difficult for even the most diligent site manager to comply with every rule and regulation. Regular changes to a company’s health and safety guidelines, government legislation and the introduction of schemes such as CSCS can render a site’s health and safety policy irrelevant in a short period of time. The advantage of having the biometric/cloud infrastructure in place is that these changes can be broadcast across a network of sites in real-time. The most advanced solutions allow users to send notifications to an individual’s mobile phone for instant updates.

Armed with the knowledge

Health and safety non-compliance is still somewhat of a taboo subject in the construction industry, with many understanding the dangers but few willing to take the blame when non-compliance takes place. When injuries occur onsite, this ambiguity can lead to confusion, and any subsequent legal action can be based on incorrect information. The current situation means that workers are more vulnerable than they should be and when they do get injured, their employers are not properly equipped to assess their claims or defend themselves against costly litigation.
 
Accurate compliance data can save construction companies vast amounts of time and money and can ensure workers are safer. It may be impossible to stop accidents from occurring but now the technology exists to ensure your company is as prepared and protected as possible.

For more information visit www.simeio.co.uk
 
 
About Simeio
 
Simeio’s cloud-based Site Roster Control Platform records biometric data in real time to give users a complete overview of human activity on construction projects in any industry whatever their size, duration or scope. 
 
The software collects accurate data autonomously on Time & Attendance, Health & Safety Compliance, Environmental Impact and Project Risk Management enabling firms to identify and review risks, make responsive, informed decisions and ensure costs, time and claims are kept to an absolute minimum. It can be integrated with existing hardware and software and installed on both mobile and fixed point devices. 
 
Simeio’s solutions are used by contractors, subcontractors, installers and Quantity Surveyors across the UK including Barratt Homes, Sir Robert McAlpine, KIER and ISG.



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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Door-Stop Achieves TS007 3* with Yale’s Hardware Combination


Door-Stop has achieved the coveted BSi Kitemark TS007 3* accreditation using Yale Door and Window Solution’s high security Superior cylinder and Platinum handle set combination.

The Yale Superior cylinder offers British Kitemarked TS007:2012 1* security and has been tested to the British Standards BS EN1303:2005. Suitable for PVCu, wood and composite doors, this cylinder is Secured – By - Design approved.

When used with Yale Door and Window Solution’s high security armoured Platinum handle set, itself part of a new aesthetically appealing furniture range that has been tested to achieve TS007 2* standards and PAS24, the solution offers the highest level of home security protection in accordance with the Kitemark industry standard.

Nick Dutton, Managing Director of Door-Stop, commented: 
“Door-Stop customers now have a complete door solution that not only looks great (and stands out in the market) but also achieves the latest and highest security standards to give homeowners real peace of mind. It’s an ideal sales tool for installers.

“Yale is synonymous with security and complements our reputation for quality and we instantly understood the benefits of a combined security solution to achieve three star accreditation. The Superior cylinder and Platinum armoured handle is a powerful proposition, and with the visual deterrent of the Yale branding would make any opportunist burglar think twice.”

TS007 is the latest kitemarked security standard for replacement lock cylinders and protective door furniture. It was introduced by the Door and Hardware Federation together with the Glass & Glazing Federation in response to the growing concerns that domestic homes are under threat from cylinder manipulation attack. 

Says Kevin Hill, Managing Director of Yale Door and Window Solutions: 
“TS007 is a significant standard for the industry that specifically addresses the vulnerabilities of lock cylinders, which is increasingly being shared by opportunist criminals across the country.

“Yale Door and Window Solutions has worked hard to ensure we can provide the very best solution to achieve the standards and protect homeowners. The Platinum handle acts as an instant warning to burglars, and together with the Superior cylinder, would force any would be burglar to seek easier pickings. The two offered in a new door from Door-Stop provides a front door of aesthetical appeal with the highest level of security.”

 Composite doors with the 3* security standards are available now from www.door-stop.co.uk.



 To find out more about how to achieve BSi Kitemark TS007 accreditation with Yale Door and Window Solutions, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk.





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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Simonswerk Achieves Academy Status

 
As part of a major refurbishment programme, the West Wing of London’s Royal Academy of Arts has been renovated and upgraded for use by the New York-based Pace Gallery. High spec hinges from SIMONSWERK UK have helped Pace to set up its offices at the gallery in a compact space without compromising on working surroundings.


The 9,000sq ft space at the Royal Academy in Burlington Gardens will specialise in modern and contemporary art. Pace, which operates seven prestigious locations worldwide, required a clean, minimalist interior finished to the highest standard. The remodeling was designed by leading British Architect Sir David Chipperfield.

In order to maximise gallery space, Pace’s administrative areas were designed to utilise ancillary spaces around the lift and stair cores. On the first floor, this involved creating large doors to conceal the rear entrance to two passenger lifts. The doors are each 2.8 high, 1.3m wide and 56mm thick and clad in 6mm sheets of Corian synthetic stone. As a result, each door weighs 140kg. The doors are complimented by bespoke cupboards and folding desks – also finished in Corian – to provide workspace and storage in this compact space.

The design placed high demands on the door fittings as Steve Welsh, Contract Manager at Suffolk & Essex Joinery explained. 
“The size and weight of these doors required very heavy-duty hinges. The architect also required all the fittings to be concealed to give a completely clean finish within the classical interior of the Royal Academy building. Tectus hinges were the obvious choice. Both we and the contractor had used them before in similarly demanding situations and knew we could rely on them.”

Each of these impressive doors is supported by 4 Tectus TE640 hinges inset into the frame and door core. Once in place, they offered a facility for fine adjustment - allowing the doors to be millimeter-perfect in their alignment and positioning, fulfilling the designer and client’s exacting specification.
 
The TECTUS fully-concealed hinge range, designed for unrebated residential and heavy-duty doors, is available in an unrivalled range of high quality surface finishes. Options include the Tectus A8 version for glass or laminate door designs with door fascias and claddings up to 8mm, the Tectus “Energy” system integrating permanent power transfer, the new Tectus FR fire rated range which incorporates the intumescent material within the hinge body and the Tectus TE 645 3D hinge which will carry door weights up to 300kg.

SIMONSWERK is Europe´s leading Hinge Manufacturer with a history spanning more than 100 years in the manufacture of top quality brass, aluminum and stainless steel hinges for doors and windows. For more than thirty years in the UK SIMONSWERK has provided the architectural ironmongery and builders hardware industries with a combined supply source for over 4,000 catalogue items backed with outstanding customer service.

 
 


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Monday, 18 November 2013

Assa Abloy Security Solutions Secures Weavers’ Triangle


ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, has supplied products – including its high performance specification lockcase, Optimus3 – for a new University Technical College, as part of the wider redevelopment of a famous North West landmark.

Widely considered as the heart of Burnley’s textile industry in the 19th century, Weavers' Triangle is located on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The remaining buildings have been identified as a significant conservation area, one of which – the grade 2-listed Victoria Mill – has been redeveloped into a £10.3 million University Technical College for the Visions Learning Trust.

Preparing 14-to-19-year-olds for the engineering, manufacturing and construction industries, the technical college has been supplied with a range of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions products via local Architectural Ironmongers, Mercer and Sons.

ASSA ABLOY branded DC500 door closers were installed, enabling doors to be easily opened by younger students, or disabled users, thanks to the cam motion functionality. This assists in fulfilling the duties required under The Equality Act, specifically BS8300 and Approved Document M of The Building Regulations.

Optimus3 lock cases from UNION, a brand under ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, also adhere to the requirements under The Equality Act. Plus, thanks to an easily reversible latch, which can adjust the handing of a door quickly and easily on-site, the lock cases provide flexibility and simplicity upon installation – critical for projects on this scale. 

Also from UNION, 1000-series lever handles and a keyULTRA™ masterkey system completed the package from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions. The masterkey system possesses one of the longest patents on the market – until 2028 – protecting both the key and cylinder.

Ben Hacking, qualified scheduler at Mercer and Sons said: 
“In a college environment, it is fundamental that security meets rigorous legislative demands. ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions simplified the project from a supply perspective, providing us with a comprehensive package of high security, which meets all current requirements and is competitively priced.

“We have a close working relationship with the main contractor on the project, Barnfield Construction Ltd, so it was crucial to ensure that we installed quality products, which would be durable and reliable for the college. The fact that the site was a conservation area increased the pressure for a specification that addresses both functionality and aesthetics; ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions had the breadth of range available to assure us they could deliver.”

Ian Chapman, Regional Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added: 
“The project at Weaver’s Triangle allowed us to truly deliver our specification service, offering advice about what measures would keep the building safe for the staff and students.

“Through our affiliation with Mercer and Sons Locksmiths we have installed a reliable security system, which has created a secure learning environment.”

For more information, please visit www.uniononline.co.uk .




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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Motorcycle Live 2013 – Less than one week to go before doors open!


The UK’s biggest bike show opens its doors next week for a nine-day, two-wheeled extravaganza, including live action and features to entertain all ages. Motorcycle Live 2013 takes place from 23 November to 1 December at The NEC, Birmingham.

Every major motorcycle manufacturer will be present, showcasing the 2014 model launches in the UK for the first time, and over 150 other exhibitors and retail stands will be offering the very best in kit, accessories, motorcycle-related products and services. If that’s not enough to keep visitors busy, the ‘live’ in Motorcycle Live certainly will.

This year, there are 17 FREE features and zones – including nine opportunities to ride – ensuring that motorcycle fans of all ages are kept entertained. Kids as young as two can get their first balance bike taster on the Kiddimoto Children’s Fun Track, while those aged five and up can experience a powered two-wheeler in the safe surroundings of the Honda My First Licence, the Try a Kuberg – Children’s Electric Motorcycles and the Arena Cross MX Experience features. 

11-16 year olds are catered for with the all-new Silverstone Rookie Rides experience while anyone aged 15 and over looking to get a taste of life on two wheels can take part in a free 20-minute session with the industry-backed Get On campaign. For those already in possession of a full motorcycle licence, the Test Ride Zone and the ACU Try Trials feature are the places to be, while the Yamaha Off-Road Experience offers visitors aged 14 and over an introduction to dirt riding.

If you prefer watching the experts do their thing, the all-new Crank’d live action show threatens to rip the roof off The NEC, while Behind Bars: The Movie will give visitors an insight into the lives of the UK’s top motorcycle racers. The Nick Sanders Steampunk Cinema will add to the cinematic offering with an intriguing glance into the world of long-distance adventure riding.

The British Eurosport Entertainment Zone featuring the Blackhorse Stage will provide non-stop entertainment in the form of game shows and Q&As with a daily dose of famous biking faces and racing stars from MotoGP, World Superbike, British Superbike and the Isle of Man TT. The Classic Zone sponsored by the Coventry Transport Museum, the Custom Xtreme Zone sponsored by BSH and Retro Zone sponsored by Brittany Ferries will each be displaying a stunning range of impressive machinery.

For more information on all the live features and zones, click here.

Advance tickets for Motorcycle Live 2013 are just £17 per adult, £11 for Seniors and £7 for children aged 6-16* (kids five and under accompanied by a paying adult go free). Bike parking is free of charge and subject to availability. Reduced car parking costs of £8 – subsidised by Motorcycle Live. 

To book your tickets, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk.

*Advance tickets on sale until 5pm on Friday 22 November.

 



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